In the legal dispute surrounding the search for the property of former US President Donald Trump, the public should have at least some insight into the basis on which the action was ordered. A Florida judge on Thursday ordered the partial release of the document allowing a search warrant to Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach.
The Justice Department should therefore release a partial black version of the document by Friday noon (local time) at the latest. The department presented the judge with a proposal on Thursday to what extent the sensitive information protection document should be withheld. Judge Bruce Reinhart reacted unexpectedly swiftly and classified the Department’s motion in his order as sufficient to protect the identity of witnesses or the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
Several media outlets have requested that the document be published. On the other hand, the Department of Justice initially argued that this might affect future investigations and witness cooperation. However, on the judge’s orders, the administration finally put its proposal to the blackout. How comprehensive it is – and how important the document is is not clear.
The FBI searched Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, in early August. The background was Trump’s handling of documents from his tenure. Among other things, the FBI confiscated several sets of documents classified as top secret. It is unusual for investigators to search the home of a former president. Trump criticized the authorities’ actions against him as politically motivated and defended himself with a lawsuit. (apa/dpa)